Minions creator: they’re all male because they’re ‘dumb and stupid’

The man behind the box-office hit explains why there are no female creatures in the film

The breakout stars of the Despicable Me Minions films have turned into a box-office draw all on their own with Minions easily becoming the year’s biggest animated hit.

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Pierre Coffin: Me and my Minions
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But, given their popularity, questions have arisen about the curious lack of female minions. Pierre Coffin, who created the characters, has revealed his reasoning. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are,” he said to the Wrap. “I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls.”

He didn’t explain how the creatures reproduce however. Coffin, who voices the three main characters, told the Guardian last month that their language comes from a mixture of sources. “It’s gibberish. It’s a mixture of all the languages of the world and it’s about finding a particular magical rhythm and melody that makes the nonsense make sense.”

Minions has followed in the footsteps of smash hit sequel Despicable Me 2 and has already made more than $620m (£398m) worldwide and is already the fourth biggest film of the year. As well as Coffin, the film features the voices of Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock. With such box-office success, a sequel wouldn’t be surprising, though there has been no official announcement on a sequel yet.

When Does ‘Despicable Me 3′ Come Out? The Franchise’s Next Installment Could Conquer The World

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The Despicable Me Minions franchise enters new territory on July 10 when its first spinoff film, Minions, hits theaters. Although Minions is centered on the now-iconic and extremely popular yellow henchmen from the first two Despicable Me films and features some stellar voice talent in franchise-newcomers Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and Michael Keaton, fans still might be feeling nostalgic for Steve Carell’s Gru and the rest of the Despicable Me gang. Even though a young version of Gru will be making a cameo in Minions, frankly, it’s not enough. We need more Gru in our lives, and it seems the only way to get it is with a proper sequel to 2013’s Despicable Me 2. So, when does Despicable Me 3 come out?

Unfortunately, we’ve still got a bit of a wait ahead of us. Despicable Me 3 isn’t slated to premiere until June 30, 2017. Yes, we’re aware that’s a full two years in the future, which is definitely fodder enough for a supervillain origin story. But before you start making plans to steal the moon, know this: when it does eventually get released, Despicable Me 3 just might become the biggest hit of the entire franchise. Here are a few reasons why.

The Minions Have Raised The Bar

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Already the breakout stars of the first two Despicable Me Minions movies, the Minions are only going to grow in popularity following the debut of their own film. Especially when you consider the fact that Minions’ opening weekend box office take is predicted be $85 million in North America, which would put it ahead of both Despicable Me’s $56.3 million and Despicable Me 2’s $83.5 million. No small feat, especially considering that the latter film went on to gross almost one billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

This Could Be Steve Carell’s Last Outing

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While nothing is confirmed, IMDb claims that Despicable Me 3 might be the last go-round for Carell as Gru, the franchise’s star. Carell’s performance (along with the Minions) has largely driven the series to this point, so it makes sense that a lot of people would turn out to bear witness to his swan song.

Inside Out Had Major Success

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If a rising tide lifts all boats, then the success of Pixar’s Inside Out can only be good news for Despicable Me 3. Inside Out has been a resounding critical success and will likely surpass Monsters University’s total domestic box office take by its fourth weekend to become the animation studio’s biggest hit since 2010’s Toy Story 3. With Pixar, seen by many as the leader in film animation, officially out of their recent slump (if you want to call it that), then other animation studios like Despicable Me 3 producer Illumination Entertainment can only benefit.

It’s gonna be a long time before the next Despicable Me movie hits theaters, but thankfully, we have this month’s Minions to make the wait go smoother before Gru and the rest of his gang come back into our lives for another round.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Spoilers: First trailer released; Po and Li father- son tandem to be explored

Father and son reunited as the trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3 had been revealed showing Po and his father, Li’s first encounter. Together, they are set to defeat a new enemy by doing a seemingly impossible task of training a village of pandas.

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The chubby, fluffy, and bubbly Kung Fu maste, Po is back and he is set to be reunited with his long lost father but probably not as soon as fans expect. A trailer has been released for the newest sequel of Kung Fu Panda where Po and an older male panda, named Li, has come face to face.

They later figure that Po has lost his father, and Li, on the other hand, also lost his son “many many years ago”. Just when everybody’s heart started to beat faster with excitement, and thought that both Po and Li have already connected the dots, the two express their good lucks to each other in finding their lost family members and later headed to opposite directions.

The upcoming movie will reportedly witness the return of Jack Black as Po, Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, Lucy Liu as Viper, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, David Cross as Crane, and they are now joined by JK Simmons as Kai and Rebel Wilson as Mei Mei.
The movie will reportedly revolve around the father and son tandem of Po and Li as they try to defeat the villlain Kai by doing the seemingly impossible mission of training a village of pandas. “When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.

But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas,” the synopsis reads.
Kung Fu Panda 3 is directed by Alessandro Carloni, and Jennifer Yuh, and written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. It is set to hit theaters in January 29, 2016.

Ted 2 Meets Winnie the Pooh


What if Christopher Robin had been born in Boston and, instead of playing in the hundred acre wood, he spent his childhood playing hooky? Well you just might end up with a story much like Seth McFarland’s Ted film franchise. A raunchy adult comedy about a boy and a his teddy bear….after they’ve both grown up. Very clearly inspired by children’s classics like Winnie the Pooh.

Don’t believe that? Then check out the latest video by master trailer mashup…(-ist? -er? -inator?) Bobby Burns, with his new channel CineMash. A very sleekly edited trailer that will have you laughing, crying….or at least thinking your childhood has been ruined.

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The Long Con in ‘The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water’

I first saw The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water in Argentina. There’s something decidedly surreal about watching Antonio Banderas, a native Spanish speaker, delivering his lines in English and then dubbed into Spanish. That said, the story was so accessible, fun and interesting that in any language the movie is irresistible.

The plot revolves around the same surreal landscape of Bikini Bottom and its pineapple-dwelling main denizen Spongebob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) as he fights off yet another attempt by Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) to steal the secret recipe to the famous Krabby Patty, as invented by Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). Meanwhile above the surface, a pirate named Burger Beard (Banderas) reads the story aloud to his surrounding throng of talking seagulls.

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What follows is as insanely crazy as the rest of the Spongebob stories from the television show (which kicked off in 1999) and the first movie (which, believe it or not, released in 2004, a full 11 years before this film). The already weird (yet still kid-friendly) themes of the show are amplified here as giant robots and time machines take center stage. As the apocalypse (spawned by a burger shortage) hits, the denizens of Bikini Bottom go full on Mad Max, with spiked leather and riots while fires break out all over town… which, I remind you, is underwater. Talking space dolphins, an Avengers-like Superhero team, Pink Floyd references and a visit to the sugar-coated brain of Spongebob himself all add to the weirdness.

In this age of omnipresent (and much cheaper) CGI in animated films, it’s impressive and refreshing to see a movie that is almost entirely hand-drawn like this one. That said, the live action scenes (which prominently feature an over-the-top Banderas) are some of the funniest of the film and are enhanced by CGI characters and effects in scenes that must be seen to be believed.

This is the appeal of Spongebob in general and this 2015 film is no exception. Anything and everything can happen (and probably will). The skills of the writers (many of whom have recently returned from the early seasons of the show) and director Paul Tibbit are best seen in the visualization of the crazy, crazy world of Spongebob and the invention of the most hilarious instances possible, with or without any logical explanation of these occurrences. In fact, the less logic, often, the better.

Spongebob and his friends (and erstwhile enemies) invade the real world (and are suddenly CGI rendered). The gang becomes a hilarious pastiche of the Avengers. Spongebob and Plankton time travel and create convenient paradoxes. Banderas engages in a Ray Harryhausen-esque swordfight with a skeleton. The entire film pulls the metafiction card as often as possible. In fact the entire film feels a lot like a team of funny writers sat around and said “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if…” and finished that sentence in every crazy way possible.

That said, the story is told so well in animation, directing and dialogue, not to mention interesting (if impossible) situations, that the movie works almost in spite of its craziness.

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The Blu-Ray packaging promises to be packed with extras, however the copy I received for review did not contain any bonus features. This could have been a factory issue or a bare bones release for the reviewer (which would be a bad move).

That said, regardless of the bonus features, the feature film is well worth seeing and a lot of fun both for the target audience kids and the self-aware, pop-culture enchanted adults who brought them to the theater (or bought them the Blu Ray). In live action, CGI and hand-drawn animation, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water looks and sounds great and makes for a very good time with or without the kids. There may be no good reason for such a surreal and crazy story about a sponge living in a place called “Bikini Bottom” with a starfish as a best friend to be quite this funny or endearing. Somehow, even after over a decade and a half, this still works.

HUMOUR: Ash’s Squirtle called out of retirement to help battle BC wildfires

With over 200 wildfires (as of print time) currently blazing across British Columbia, the provincial government has called Ash Ketchum’s Squirtle out of retirement to help combat the growing numbers.

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A once prominent member of the Pokémon trainer’s roster, Ash’s Squirtle was last used in a trainer battle over 14 years ago. The Squirtle will first be deployed to Puntzi Lake, and then to near Bobtail Mountain Provincial Park, where two of the largest fires in the province are currently raging.

“In 2015, we’ve already doubled the number of forest fires we had in all of 2014,” Forests Minister Steve Thomson said in an announcement this week. “Ash’s Squirtle isn’t a last resort, but we are certainly exploring all of our options in order to get these fires under control. “

Squirtles are small water-type Pokémon that closely resemble turtles, but are substantively larger in size. In particular, Ash’s Squirtle was used to help control the devastating Garnet fire in 1994 and the Salmon Arm fire in 1998 — after which Ash’s Squirtle grew to level 13 and learned the special move Bubble.

News of Ash’s Squirtle returning to the fold brought nostalgia-induced praised from BC Wildfire Management spokesperson Kendrick Mackenzie, suggesting that it might be the return to form that BC needs: “Nothing against the province’s new methods of fighting forest fires. I’m sure they’re perfectly adequate, but you just can’t compare them with the original 150 methods.”

Since the beginning of April, the provincial government has spent about $108-million on controlling and extinguishing the fires ripping across the province. According to statistics from the BC Wildfire Service, lightning is still the number one cause of forest fires, while people-caused fires hovered around the 44 per cent mark last year. The third starter of fires in BC, trailing by a large margin, is from wild Charizards carelessly wagging their flame-tipped tails around in dry forested areas while hot-headedly ignoring their trainer’s commands.

BC Wildfire Service is reminding residents to never leave fire Pokémon unattended and to always make sure to keep at least one water Pokémon in your party, partly for safety reasons but also because that’s what any half-decent trainer should already be doing.

When asked how he felt about leaving retirement to help deal with BC’s forest fires, Ash’s Squirtle was humble yet proud, saying that he was more than happy to be helping the province and that, “Squirtle, Squirtle! Squirtle!”

Greatest Animated Disney Movie of All Time: This Round Is Closed, Please Stand By

It’s time Disney fans! We know Disney can do no wrong and everyone has his or her favorite animated Disney film. So with all that love swirling around for those movies, we decided to throw some head-to-head competition in there to stir things up and see what happens.

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Today we are officially launching the voting rounds of our Greatest Disney Film of All Time tournament. After hundreds and hundreds of nominations from you guys via the website, Twitter, Facebook and email, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 32 Disney films. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs all the way to Inside Out (yeah, that movie just came out and it was nominated to death), we have what we think is the best of the best below.

All you have to do is pick one movie from each head-to-head category so we can get the field narrowed down to 16. And then the real bloodbath begins.
Voting for round one ends this Thursday, July 2 at 12:00 p.m. PST. So get your votes in before the long Fourth of July weekend, Disney fans!

My Thoughts On The LEGO Movie: From Skepticism to Joy

Today, I am giving my thoughts on The LEGO Movie. So, let’s get started!

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The story follows Lord Business getting his hands on the Kragle and blinding Vitruvius, a powerful wizard who tell Business a prophecy about the Special. 8 years later, Emmet Brickowski, a regular construction worker in the city of Bricksburg stumbles upon the Piece of Resistance, a relic used to stop the Kragle. After lots of time fighting Business’ waves of minions, he and a group of Master Builders save the world and turn Business into a good guy instead of a bad one. When Emmet arrives in the real world, he meets Flynn, a kid who plays with his dad’s LEGO collection, and makes it seem that he’s the one that’s played out the whole story. His dad comes in and yells at Flynn, who uses Krazy Glue to keep his collection together and untouched. Flynn tells his dad that it’s okay to play with them, and his dad agrees.

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When this movie came out, I was kinda skeptical for some reason, but then when I watched it, I came to love it. I love the cast a lot, especially Channing Tatum as Superman and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern. I also loved Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman. However, I wished they had put Marvel minifigures in there. Deadpool would’ve been very funny during the part where Shaquille O’ Neal (voiced by himself) and other Master Builders build a catapult. I also loved the Milhouse mini fig cameo. And that was made before the figure even came out!

Well, that’s all I’ve got. Make sure to like, share, comment, and follow! Thanks for reading!

Review: ‘Minions’ offers laughs, but characters lack depth of those in ‘Despicable Me’

Despicable Me’s” little yellow henchmen got their own origin movie with “Minions,” but how does an entire movie about gibberish-speaking comic relief characters stack up? Community blogger Brendon McCullin offers his take.

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In this image released by Universal Pictures, various minion characters appear in a scene from the animated feature, “Minions.” (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)

Any parent of a child under 12 is familiar with the Minions, the comic relief of 2010′s “Despicable Me” and its sequel, 2013′s “Despicable Me 2.” With the third film in the series not due to be released until 2017, the little yellow, pill-shaped henchmen were given their own origin story film with “Minions.”

Of course, making a feature film about characters that talk in a weird amalgam of gibberish mixed with stray English, Spanish and French words is a unique challenge.

The story follows the yellow dudes as they initially spend history trying to find a villain to follow. From a T-Rex through Napoleon, they seek out the baddest of the bad to offer their undying support. Viewers of the Minions’ other work, however, are well aware that despite their best intentions, things don’t always go the way they want.

Caught in a rut, three of group — leader Kevin, hipster Stuart and sweetly dim Bob — are charged with trying to find a new master, leading them to the United States circa 1968. At an event in pre-Disney Orlando, they boys hook up with a female super-villain named Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock.

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Along with Scarlet’s husband, Herb (John Hamm), the group jets off to swinging London to try to steal the Crown Jewels from a very feisty Queen Elizabeth (Jennifer Saunders of “Absolutely Fabulous” fame).

As one would expect, the plot is more an excuse to get from joke to joke, and some of the jokes are certainly funny. Palace guards are hypnotized into performing “Hair,” the Minions use London Tower’s dungeon as a playground, and their former masters all meet their demise in comical fashion.

What’s missing, though, is anything of particular interest from the human characters. Whereas in the first two films the relationship between not-quite-evil Gru and his adopted daughters give the yellow dudes something to play against, all of the human characters in “Minions” lack any real depth.

Given the lack of communication skills of the title characters, directors Pierre Coffin (who provides the voice of the Minions) and Kyle Balda might’ve been expected to harken back to the days of silent film comedians like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Those early film stars didn’t need words to be convey emotions while they were being funny, and the animated Minions are capable of the same. Instead, they treat the film as just an extended version of the various short films that have been tagged onto the earlier films’ DVD releases.

The scattershot nature of the humor will be plenty to keep the kids laughing, and many of them have been waiting months to see the latest exploits of the little yellow guys, as evidenced by the film’s $115-million opening weekend. It just might have been nice to find more of the earlier films’ heart mixed in with the candy-colored antics.

Disney Junior to Offer Entire Library of MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE

Beginning today through 8/31, authenticated pay-TV subscribers can access over 100 episodes of the long-running hit Disney Junior series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” to include all-time favorites such as “Choo Choo Express,” “Around the Clubhouse World” and “Minnie-rella” on HYPERLINK “http://watchdisneyjunior.go.com/mickey-mouse-clubhouse” WATCH Disney Junior and the HYPERLINK “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/watch-disney-junior/id530001625?mt=8″ Watch Disney Junior app. Since its premiere in 2006, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” has consistently ranked among the Top 10 series for Kids 2-5, reaching an average of 50 million viewers per quarter in the U.S. Globally, the series airs in 159 countries and in 32 different languages.

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Combining the rich heritage of Disney‘s beloved classic characters with state-of-the-art CG animation, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” introduces a whole new generation of preschoolers to Mickey and his pals Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Daisy. The series’ curriculum is designed to introduce problem-solving and early-mathematics skills in a fun way through contemporary, interactive storytelling.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” airs daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
Kids can also access and take part in Mickey Mouse-themed games via the WATCH Disney Junior App. In “Mickey’s Pet Playhouse,” kids play along with Mickey to adopt, groom and train their own virtual pets. Other games include “Disney Junior: Puzzles!” and “Disney Junior Color!,” an interactive coloring book that allows kids to paint, color and draw some of their favorite characters from Disney Junior including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

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Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel reaching over 73 million U.S. homes. In total, there are 34 Disney Junior channels in 25 languages around the world.